Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fertility Free Saturday

I have decided that each Saturday I will post about something without making any reference to my fertility journey because, hey, we need to take a break once in a while.

So today I thought that I would feature my pups. I am a huge animal lover. I started when I was five with a Guinea Pig and it took off from there. Currently, I have three dogs; Clancey a 10 year old Fox Terrier, Tiegan a 6 year old American Eskimo, and Charlie a 3 year old Chihuahua. I also have what is referred to as the bionic guinea pig as Coco is over 10 years old and still kicking. I have had her since college. It is a bit embarrassing that I still have a guinea pig at my age, but I can't get rid of her now.

This was from our Christmas card in 2008. It took me four hours to take this picture!
Clancey was a rescue that I took in back in 2001. At the time, I was living in a condo that had a weight restriction on dogs, so I put my name in at local animal shelters hoping for a small dog. I ended up getting a call one evening form a local shelter telling me that they had a terrier that animal control was taking from a home and instead of the dog going to shelter, they asked if I could take it. When we first got Clancey, he was completely emotionless. He had spent the entire first year of his life in a crate. He was not housebroken and had never been groomed. Today he is a completely different dog. In 2005, he was crowned Mr. Neuterverse through a charity event with a local shelter. He was also crowned "Most Patriotic Pooch 2008" in the town that I live in and was featured on the front page of our local paper.

Halloween 2009
 Tiegan I adopted from a local group that rescues dogs from around the country that are on "kill lists." She was rescued from South Carolina and brought up here as a puppy with her siblings. Shortly after arriving, all of the puppies started displaying signs of Parvo. Of the original litter, only her and her brother survived. She came home with me when she was five months old. Since then, she has excelled through obedience training with a local AKC Dog Club I belong to and has competed in both CPE and USDAA agility competitions. In 2006, following in her brother's pawsteps, she was crowned Miss Spay-America 2006.

Tiegan on the boat.
 Charlie is the newest edition to the family. He is not your typical rescue. I had heard through the grapevine that a locally private owned "store" had a Chihuahua that had some medical problems and also had some deformities so he was unable to be certified through the AKC. Since he had all these problems, he was put on clearance. This absolutely broke my heart so my husband and I went and got him. I would like to say that I am completely against purchasing dogs form pet stores and I only did this as it was privately owned and no one wanted him. He is now the king of the house and is very spoiled. I did try obedience training with him, but the fact that he is terrified of his leash, made it absolutely impossible. Instead, we purchased a dog stroller (I can hear you all laughing) and that is how he rolls!

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